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2013: MVXC News & Results (scroll down):

                           Photos from the North Coast Section Meet and the CIF State Meet

Off season training plan for Middle (400m - 800m) and Long (1600m - 3200m) Distance runners is now posted on the Team News link and on the MV T&F web site.   Click here for a printable copy of Coach Mandee's 9 week template.  Any questions, email Coach Davis for clarification.


MONTE VISTA GIRLS ARE NCS CHAMPS!   Lady Mustangs win the NCS meet, advance to Fresno for the CIF State Championships!   Brooke Starn is 3rd overall, Meredith Corda 7th.  Girls turn back San Ramon Valley by just 3 points to win their first section title since 2009.  EBAL teams take the first four places, with only 11 points separating first and fourth!  Brooks time is  the 5th fastest on the day - 17:53!!!  Meredith and Madi Jeha are both under 19 today.   Cat Kiser (4th) and Erin Herting (5th) finish 25th and 27th to seal the win for the Stangs.   Emily Gines and Caroline Carey complete the team - all are in the top 50!   Mustangs finish 2nd on the day in combined scoring - out of all NCS schools!

Boys team continues the youth movement, as the four freshman are once again first across the line today!   Tristan Miller paces the team in 28th place with a very quick 16:26 time ( 5:29 / mile pace!) completing an amazing frosh campaign.   Ben Smiley, Daniel Maneloveg, Sebastian Francesconi and Soph Tim Chrisman round out the scoring.   The boys improve to 8th place in the section (13th last year) and send notice that they're going to be a force in the future.   Seniors Brian Maguire and Jake Auby are 6th and 7th for the team today, part of a solid senior group that provided leadership all season!

Alternates Elana Lim and Peter Davis were warmed up and ready if needed today!

Full results -

Photos by Courtney Corda and Coach Davis can be found on the Photobucket Site.

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Boys Varsity NCS team:    From left - Alumni Bhavik Kanzaria, Ben Smiley, Daniel Maneloveg, Tristan Miller, Jake Auby, Brian Maguire, Tim Chrisman, Sebastian Francesconi & Coach Davis.   Girls Varsity NCS team:   From left - Erin Herting, Brooke Starn, Caroline Carey, Emily Gines, Meredith Corda, Cat Kiser & Madi Jeha.

End of Season Awards Banquet Video by Soph Mark-Phillip Buesa:

Link directly to Mark-Phillip's photo site for banquet photos! Click here.

Mark-Phillip Buesa - SkyDrive Photo Site

EBAL Championships - Friday Nov 8th   Mustangs wrap up EBAL season at Shadow Cliffs!  Strong day for the team as every squad goes 'all in' against league opponents, producing many "all league" honors.  Clear skies and a warm fall afternoon greet the runners on the fast course.  On the day, it's another balanced performance across the group, with the following team results (in order of competition):

Frosh/Soph Girls - 2nd place!  Just 2pts from the title.
Frosh /Soph Boys -  3rd place
Junior Varsity Girls - FIRST PLACE!   Three all league finishers!
Junior Varsity Boys - 3rd place
Varsity Girls -  2nd place
Varsity Boys - 6th place

Varsity Girls end up tied for first place in the overall standings, but drop the league title on the tiebreaker rule, as Amador Valley takes the overall crown.  Top four teams:  AVHS 14 pts, MVHS 14 pts, GHS 13 pts, SRV 11 pts. 

"All league" honorees are:  FSG: Elana Lim (1st) & Morgan Dowling (4th) / FSB: Peter Davis (4th)  /  JVG:  Jennelle Doolittle (3rd), Emma Knutsen (5th) & Sopia Tomei (6th)  /  JVB:  Riley Cole (5th)  /  VG: 2nd team - Madi Jeha 13th & Erin Herting 14th,  1st team - Brooke Starn 6th.

Fr. Cat Kiser (varsity girls) and Fr. Tristan Miller (varsity boys) both finish 15th - just one spot away from the second team honor!

Results posted on XC Stats and Cross Country Express.

                                      Images from the EBAL Championships!

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Sat Oct 26th - Monte Vista travels to the 66th annual Mt SAC Invite!  
The varsity teams, plus alternates, traveled to the LA area on Friday the 25th in order to compete in the largest high school cross country meet in the country!  Teams from all over the state, and out of state, came to run this historic course.  Over 18,000 runners competed over the two day event!   The Mustang girls team was placed in a special "sweepstakes" race, facing some of the toughest teams around.  Led once again by Soph Brooke Starn, the lady Stangs turned in an impressive race, finishing 7th in the tough field.  Brooke was 13th overall.  Meredith Corda was second for the team, followed by Madi Jeha, Erin Herting, Emily Gines, Cat Kiser and Caroline Carey.  

Earlier in the day, Junior alternates Alexis Baille and Salvina Rondoni finshed in the top 35 in a crowded JV race.

The varsity boys ran a senior heavy lineup, yet it was Soph Tim Chrisman who crossed the line first for the team today.  Rebounding from a tough Mt Sac trip the year before, the team finished a very respectible 12th out of 21 teams in their Div 1 race.  True to form, and regardless of the line-up, the top 5 scorers were once again packed under a minute of each other.  Rounding out the varsity team today:  Jake Auby, Brian Maguire, Andre Starr, Riley Cole and Austin Lohr. 

In the last race of the day for the Mustangs, frosh standouts Sebastian Francesconi and Daniel Maneloveg run with the leaders the whole race, looking relaxed and unfazed by the hilly course.  In the end, they would finish 2nd and 4th respectively, out of over 170 freshmen runners, to earn Mt Sac medals!  A great wrap up to the day.

A trip to Disneyland for the girls, and to the beach for the boys (after a quick go-cart race challenge with Coach John), ended the long day.   - Who will make this trip next year?   Start making plans now!

Oct 16th - EBAL Center Meet at Newhall Park:   Monte Vista takes on East Bay Athletic League rivals today, with all races at the full three mile distance.  Running on the Nike Invitational course, the Mustangs turned in one of the strongest team finishes of the day!   Arriving in a sea of black "MVXC" t-shirts, the team showed great unity and spirit, helping each other reach for that PR or catching that next runner.  Many runners finished in the top ten of their races, with six runners taking either 1st or 2nd place.  The girls team swept the individual titles, winning the FS, JV and Varsity races - an amazing feat.

When it was all over, the team had recorded these impressive results:

Frosh Soph Girls:  1st Place.  Elana Lim 1st, Morgan Dowling 2nd.  Seven in the top fourteen!
Frosh Soph Boys:  3rd Place.  Peter Davis 2nd,  Three in the top ten!
JV Girls:  2nd Place:   Jenelle Doolittle 1st, Sophia Tomei 2nd, three in the top fifteen.
JV Boys:  2nd Place:   Yain Liou 4th, Justin Kim 6th,  all five in the top fifteen!
Varsity Girls:  2nd Place:   4 pts from first.  Brooke Starn 1st Place.  4th fastest time ever at Newhall Park!   5 in the top 18.
Varsity Boys:  6th Place:  Tristan Miller fastest frosh on the day.  18 second gap between #1 and #6 runner!

Results can be found on the XC Stats link as well as on Cross Country Express.  More to follow...

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      Sophs Garret Auby, Peter Davis and Will Jones up front in the EBAL F/S Boys race.                           Paige Cobb, Emily Warburton and Rachel Cohen pack tight in the JV Girls Race.



Oct 12th - Castro Valley / Trojan Invite:   Frosh/Soph and Junior Varsity teams shine at the Castro Valley Invite!  Once the early morning fog lifted, the Mustangs ran wild, with strong results in all four races.   The JV Girls led the way by taking FIRST PLACE against some tough local competition, putting four runners in the top 11 with their 5th runner close behind in 33rd.  In order:  Hannah Kim, Emma Knutson, Sophia Tomei, Jenelle Doolittle & Carissa Grove form the scoring team today.   In the earlier race, the Frosh Soph Girls took 2nd place out of 16 complete teams!  Morgan Dowling and Kacy Hussey win medals while pacing the squad.

On the boys side, the Frosh Soph boys grabbed 4th place with an impressive pack of runners.   Garrett Auby and Nick Vomund earn medals themselves, with top 25 finishes.  The tight pack - only 29 seconds between runner #1 and #5 - insures the strong results.  The JV Boys are last up - and close out the day with a solid 7th place out of the 25 schools that toed the line!  Jr Jackson Wightman leds the way.

Complete results: 
XC Stats Updated:


The red, white and blue super hero's came ready to play, AND ready to run some serious miles!   Senior Phil DeLuca kicked things off with the opening mile, then quickly assumed the drums and lead vocals for the band Rundown Radio who rocked the early night with original tunes and classic rock covers (thank you MV Administration!!).   Frisbees, TV's, board games, soccer, football quickly assumed the dominate role as the team enjoyed the relatively warm evening.   The food selection as out of this world, as each class contributed big time to the cause.  Money for the Save Mt Diablo Organization poured in (nearly $600 collected as of last night).

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However, it was the action on the track that started to get the attention of the parent volunteers, the coaches, and the runners themselves.  Hammering mile after mile, the team was projecting to blow past the 2012 team result, looking to be over 112 miles as of mid evening.  As each team member took their turn, it was obvious that the hard work was paying off.  PR after PR was set, especially by the underclassmen.

By 5am, and several stadium lighting shut downs, it was clear the team was doing something special.   Beating last years team was no longer the goal - could the team possibly reach the 2009 record???   With a mixture of varsity and non varsity, boys and girls, the last runners pushed themselves to lower the pace and increase the miles.  When Jr Jackson Wightman took the baton from Sr Jake Auby, the team had completed 114 miles - closing in on the record!   As the team screamed encouragement, Jackson pounded the final meters until the clock hit 0:00.00.   When the numbers were reviewed, the 2013 team was 2nd All Time - hitting 114.4 miles, just over one mile away from securing the best team result ever!   Wow.  Results HERE. 

Heeding the coaches advise, there were very few skittles / gold fish / cheese-its on the field, and the team cleaned up quickly.  An amazing job team!!!

Special thanks to all who donated to the SMD cause, brought food or drinks, and of course, those parents who helped us time throughout the evening!  Rest up team!

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Captain America is a cross country runner?    Sr Austin Lohr runs his mile at the Overnighter

9/28:  Mustangs travel to the Stanford Invitational -  Both varsity squads lace em up and take on many of the best teams in California and beyond.  Frosh Tristan Miller paces the boys team in an impressive 17:29 clocking, while Soph Brooke Starn survives an early fall to lead the girls squad.   Full results here  - MV boys are in the Div 1 race, Girls in the Seeded race. 

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                       Frosh Tristan Miller at Stanford Sept 28th
                                                Varsity Boys Team at Stanford 2013

9/21: The DLS/CHS Nike Invitational - 
Great day for the Mustangs at Newhall Park as all squads turn in solid results against large fields.  With the largest "tent city" at the meet, the team stayed relatively dry as the skies opened up during the varsity races.  The Mustangs earned a fair share of medals, taking one or more in almost every race.

             Girls varsity leaders attempt to get down the hill at Nike Invite
   (Video courtesy of Bella Vista parent Selena McKinney vis Cross Country Express web site)

Team highlights today (in order of competition)

JV Girls Race:  4th out of 14 scoring teams.  Individual medals for Salvina Rondoni, Hannah Kim and Emma Knutson
JV Boys Limited Race:  6th out of 18 scoring teams.  Jackson Wightman earns a medal
Frosh Soph Girls Race:  6th out of 18 scoring teams.  A medal for Morgan Dowling
Frosh Soph Boys Race:  8th out of 20 teams. Medals for John-Austin Ricks and Nick Vomund
Frosh Soph Boys Unlimited Race:  Not scored.  Medals for Lars Enstrom and Shane Allison
Varsity Girls Race:   2nd place out of 23 teams!!!  Hello team backpackets!   Soph Brooke Starn takes 1st place overall.  Meredith Corda, Cat Kiser and Erin Herting also medal in a downpour.
Varsity Boys Race:  Four frosh, 2 sophs and one senior place 11th out of 24th teams - best showing in several years.

Full results:

Sept 14th:  Ed Sias Invitational, Hidden Lakes Park, Martinez.
Great day at the Ed Sias Invite today as the Mustangs compete with 40 area teams at this classic event.  The new course led to many PR's today, especially compared to the two mile Oak Hill Park course!  The boys debute their new racing uniforms, while the girls get one last chance to honor the historic "tri bar".  Lots of great team spirt today as groups fanned out along the course to cheer on the 'Stangs.   Even the coaches got into the mix in the coache/community race to start the day!


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Top performances today:

- Sebastian Francesconi:  1st Place in the Frosh Boys race, second fastest MV boys time today!
- Frosh Boys 3rd place out of 13 teams
- Frosh/Soph Boys Limited:  5th place out of 24 teams.  Frosh Tristian Miller 5th place, fastest time today!
- Soph Will Jones 9th in the FS/JV Unlimited race
- Varisty Girls 2nd Place!  Soph Brooke Starn 4th overall, Fr Meredith Corda 11th, all five scorers in top 25!
- JV Girls 5th out of 17 teams.  Jr Alexis Baille 6th place, Jr Caroline Carey 10th.

Check out XC Stats  - Updated with all results:

Meet web site:


Sept 3rd:  The Monte Vista Invitational is in the books!
Twenty area teams toe the line at the 30th Annual MV Invite!  Mild weather leads to near record times, as over 1100 runners complete the hilly two mile course. 

Monte Vista's Frosh/Soph teams shine today, as rookies prove that the tough course is no match for their talent and determination.   Overall, the MV girls team (all grades combined) turn in the fastest team time, while the much inproved boys squad takes a solid 12th out of 21 teams.

Results can be found under the Monte Vista Invitational tab.   Photo's?  We got em right here!

Coverage from

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August 10th:  Both alumni squads prevail today in an exciting match-up against the current team.  Alumni boys win 20 - 38, while the alumni girls slip past the current team 27 - 29.  Drew Feldman (2012) and Nicole Aha (2010) are the individual medalists today, leading fast times in both contests.  Full results and story can be found by clicking here - the Alumni News tab.

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                         Top 5 Alumni Race Medalists:  Girls: Aha, Starn, Herting, Smiley & Zorich.    Boys: Feldman, Kanzaria, Garaventa, Auby & Behring



MVXC Coaching Staff for the 2013 Season

Head Coach & Varsity Coach:  Mike Davis  925-437-8360
Boys Team Coach:  Zachary Daniels
Girls Team Coach:   Mandee Starn
Asst Coach:  John Behring
Asst Coach:  Quinn Daniels

PHOTO'S?    Yeah, we got THOUSANDS of 'em!  Access the MVXC Photobucket site to find this years photos as well as previous seasons. 

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